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Sacked Doctors in Lagos Head to Court as Governor Babatunde Fashola Rejects their Plea for Reinstatement

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The hopes of reinstating the 788 sacked doctors in Lagos state were dashed yesterday as a meeting between the Nigeria Medical Association and the state governor, Babatunde Fashola failed to yield any results in favour of the doctors.

According to reports, Governor Fashola rejected the plea by the association that the sacked doctors be recalled back to their positions.

Speaking after a three-hour meeting with the governor, Commissioner for Health and the Head of Service; the President of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr. Osahon Enabulele noted that the Governor said he wasn’t the one that sacked the doctors, therefore, could not reverse the order.

“Governor Fashola rejected our moves to reverse the sacking of the doctors. Efforts by NMA to make both parties shift grounds were rejected.”

“He said the matter was beyond him. He left midway, saying he had made the state government’s position known to the doctors. The NMA is going to constitute a meeting to explore other options available to us.”

The Chairman of the Medical Guild, Dr. Olumuyiwa Odusote, said the guild had filed a suit against the state government over the dismissal at the Industrial Court, adding that the case would be coming up on Wednesday (today).

He said instead of negotiating with the leadership of the NMA, Fashola referred the sacked doctors to the Health Service Commission.

Odusote said, “The governor said he was not the person that sacked us. He said we should go and meet our employers, the Health Service Commission.”

“The case is in court already and our hearing comes up tomorrow (Wednesday). Let the law adjudge who is wrong or right.”

He said Fashola, however, agreed to reverse the eviction order given to sacked doctors to vacate their official quarters.

Odusote said, “He said the reversal of the eviction order was within his powers and he would look into it but action stays on the sacking.”

If Governor Fashola is willing to reverse the eviction order, why then can’t he do something about their reinstatement? Why would he continue to allow the doctors stay in their official quarters if he cannot mediate on their reinstatement? Or is the state government just trying to give the doctors a tough time? You are hereby sacked but you can continue to stay in the official quarters….. I don’t quite understand.

Do you think the doctors will win their case in court?

Please share your thoughts.

News Source: Punch News

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

21 Comments

  1. iamfascinating

    May 16, 2012 at 6:06 am

  2. Essien

    May 16, 2012 at 6:20 am

    I knew that will be the next step. the Government will need to reconsider because these are parents with kids and family to feed. God bless Naija

    • dare

      May 16, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      Ah Essien, this is not fair ooo. have you ever been to the various General Hospitals while the Doctors were on strike… it’s always a gory experience…thousands have lost their lives and vital organs due to those nasty and inhumane strike actions. The Doctors were merciless. Im not saying the GOVT shouldn’t reinstate them, but the doctors should learn lessons and be true to the oath they took.

    • BettyB

      May 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      Please give this whole oath business a rest!

  3. Uchenna Kalume

    May 16, 2012 at 7:00 am

    It’s a shame to an ACN govt that sees everything wrong in everything every other govts do. This is a clear manifest of their hypocrisy and machevellian approach to governance that thrives on deceit, oppression, disregard to rule of law, lies, propaganda and intimidation. If highly influencial medics can be treated this way, one can only imagine what the poor masses are passing through daily. The governor has cleverly flown his dear father abroad for medication while the poor are dying by dozens daily.

  4. Isa EGO

    May 16, 2012 at 7:03 am

    I support the position of Fashola. I wish other governors and the federal government take this type of no nonsense approach when it cames to civil servants that try to be malicious.

    For the sake od God, we all know that most of these Nigerian doctors are not practicing to save life…but rather to gain their livings. This being said, they care less of dying patients and they are just zombies sucking up innocent nigerian bloods and emptying the government corvins.

    • adaora

      May 16, 2012 at 8:20 am

      mumu like u,are you working to earn a living or to satisfy your boss.i wonder why people like you talk without brain

  5. Lovinit

    May 16, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Fashola get real abeg! Cn u get replacements 4 all dz sacked Doctors? We r complaining of d poor healthcare prevalent in the country and u wanna bring in who? Quacks?? Re-instate dz ppl n lets us rest abeg!

  6. JO!

    May 16, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Ha Adeola!!! you reallllly need to go back to journalism school, what on earth happened to “OBJECTIVE REPORTING” abi, which one is “if governor fashola is willing to…… Why can’t he do something about their reinstatement?”

    You know, I didn’t even take note of the author of the post originally, but the moment I read that part, I just had to go back and check the author, cos it just smacks of “Adeola Adeyemo’s brand of subjectivity” and of course I wasn’t disappointed. This is news dear, not social reporting, especially with this kind of sensitive situation, where most of us truly don’t have all the info we need to know about the situation.

    Bottomline: Take sides only in your bedroom, not on paper!!! Just rÉport the darn news

    • Adeola Adeyemo

      May 16, 2012 at 9:02 am

      @JO! I certainly do not brand myself as a reporter with this post or any other posts regarding national issues. If you notice, i always reference my sources at the bottom of the post, thereby giving credit to the reporter or news source. The emphasis of these posts are to create room for healthy debates and discussions on the topic. And yes, on Bellanaija.com, I AM permitted to give my own views on the topics. Forgive me if i don’t sound too objective for your liking. “Adeola Adeyemo’s brand of subjectivity” is definitely not the same thing as news reporting.

  7. Gidi

    May 16, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Why are the doctors hell bent on working for Lagos state,if the state is willing to treat them like trash?
    Go get jobs elsewhere.

  8. Agha chris

    May 16, 2012 at 7:22 am

    No profession is superior to the other. Doctors shld realise that the monies they are demanding come from other sectors of the economy. To proceed on a strike they shld have opted to work for half day nd negotiate with govt instead of endangering the life of dia patents. Chris

  9. Ajiboye Oluwatumininu Peters

    May 16, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Oops !
    Since they are Sacked,nothing is reversable.

  10. omoh

    May 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    The debate has been on for some time now,some people are on the divide of the state govt while some are on the divide of the strikin doctors hence every one is goin back and forth but essentially wot most people fail to realise is that there are rules and regulations guidin all professions and professionals and every body took oaths of office.the strikin doctors ;the hippocratic oath and the governor;the oath of office. I believe the doctors have broken their oath of professionalism and ofcourse the governor has broken his own oath of office to protect and see to the welfare of his subjects.the more reason why the govenor shud renege on the sack and the doctors shud calm down and understand that they will never b tru harmony of salaries between the state and the federal workers cos they all don’t share same allocation.however,if the doctors were asked if they wud go on strike at some point before recruitin them,a gud of numbr of ’em wuda said no.whilst this wud serve as a deterrent to the newly employed ones. its derefore very imperatv that the patients who unfortunately are bearin the brunt shud b considered cos a gud number of them are dyin in their droves…holla

    • Tarry17

      May 17, 2012 at 4:15 pm

      This is the most sensible comments have read ever since. You got brains bro, i dove my hat……

  11. ayi

    May 16, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    sack these doctors, their own is too much, striking every 3 months let them go and look for work elsewhere.

  12. Martins

    May 16, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Dis is a lesson 2 d doctors. I’m in surpot of d sack. If doctors want 2 earn salary lik d politician, dey shld resign & join politics. Gov Fashola shld nt reinstate dem but employ dem as a new docto. D employmnt must b 2 dos dat has no hospital so dat dey can focus on d masses.

  13. faith

    May 17, 2012 at 4:45 am

    Doctors r like police in naija…instead of saving lives all dey r after ȋ̊§ money…let dem go Jor….

  14. Uk

    May 18, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I’m a doctor so you might say i’m biased. But let me inform you guys that there are a group of doctors(in their hundreds) working for the ministry of defence who havent been paid salaries for about 9months and whats worse is that the ministry has not communicated any reason/apology to them, most would love to resign but keep thinking that’d be wasting 9months of effort. I left some months ago when my contract expired but with 4months wages unpaid. During dis period, there were weeks i kept calls every 2days, meaning u work 24hrs on a call day, ur colleague whose on call on ur free joins you @8am d next day,u both work till 4pm when u go home 2rest. U resume 8am d next day. I.e u have 4pm to 8am to yourself every 2days. The rest of your time you r at work, including weekends. Now how do u expect someone to do this FOC for so long because of oath? Haba! Oath say make doctor family no chop?
    Now on the lagos state issue, d docs hav asked for wages that are not too demanding, it wil mean d govt forks out only N29m extra monthly, d govt. Agreed &signed it almost 3yrs ago, &then tells dem ”just go and work” everytime they ask for implementation, haba, its not fair.. Its things like this that hardens doctors minds, thats why they say docs in private practice are heartless. Becos nobody seems to consider the docs need 2fend for himself &family as long as he has provided his service

  15. johnny

    May 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    This doctors saw the handwriting on the wall that they are going to sacked them but they did not do anything about it, then they sacked them they are looking for reinstatement to me it does not make any sense.

  16. Exagreat

    May 20, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    When you follow the scenarios that led to their sack you will agree with me, sentiments aside, that these doctors don’t have human heart. these are doctors that already have their personal clinics, diverting drugs, equipments and customers to their personal clinics. They only use these government hospitals as a lunch pad to gather all they needed from materials, finance to personnel to fund and run their personal hospitals.

    At any rate why do they want to come back? what is their age? some are in their 60s, 70s, when will their children practice medicine if they remain in office at 70? they should give the younger ones chance to grow, they should be consultants to government hospitals not staff. I am 300percent in support of BRF

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